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  1. Waaay back in the mists of time, when using QuarkXPress, I could copy a style to another paragraph with a key command. This saved a step ove

    Keyboard shortcut for adopting paragraph style

    I see on this forum that at one time InDesign offered this shortcut:
    1. Using the text tool, click in a paragraph.
    2. Hold Option & Shift, then click a Style Sheet formatted paragraph
    3. The paragraph that had the text tool in it is now formatted to the [Option/Shift] clicked paragraph's Style Sheet.

    I just tried it in ID CC 2017 with no luck. Now the Notes palette opens.

    Please bring it back. It was one of QkXP's best features, a major time saver. Way faster than opening the Styles palette and clicking…

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  2. Need a tutorial on forcing a paragraph style to actually work

    I've been sporadically hunting for a year on how to force a paragraph style to actually work in a text box. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Yes, I've tried the option bit. All I want is for the right margins to be the same, and to have a bottom margin that will keep the last line X amount of line-height from the bottom of the text box.

    2 votes
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  3. Add ALL table and cell properties to table and cell styles

    It's really confusing to have table and cell styles that only affect a subset of properties. Since I love using styles as a best practice, it never occurred to me that I was missing properties until running into numerous issues and doing a ton of research.
    Examples of missing properties are header/footer rows for tables, and keep options for rows.

    14 votes
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  4. quick key for paragraph styles

    I cannot create a quick key to apply a paragraph style. I do not have a numbers keyboard on my mac. I know I used to be able to do this before. Its a real time saver... please help!

    4 votes
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  5. Height & width in object styles needs more options

    I did try out the new H&W feature in CC2018 using it on a image frame with a picture inside it. I anchored it to the heading of each chapter and wanted to see if I could resize the image from the object style panel. This did not work the way I was hoping for; There is no way to lock the H&W proportions so that the frame fits the image dimensions. I could not determine a reference point from where the frame is growing. A great upgrade to the feature would be: Lock proportions, scale content with the frame…

    7 votes
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  6. font weight mapping

    Different font foundries/designers have different ideas on how to name the font weight. Unfortunately this causes problems, when you want using (character) styles like "BOLD" or "ITALIC".

    More often then not, you need to change the definition (from "bold" to "65 bold" or "Italic" to "oblique") when changing the font.

    If you have multi-font documents, you even need to assign styles according to the font instead of the weight. Building a hierarchy of styles gets more complicated too.

    The idea is to have a table of weight mapping like:
    65 bold = bold;
    bold = bold;
    45 light = light; …

    28 votes
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  7. conditional GREP formatting

    We need to add conditional GREP formatting. For eg. in screen 1 (yellow highlighted text) tagged in xml, and are able capture with GREP styling. But when we put condition, it also captures unwanted text in same GREP style (cyan highlighted), tagged with same xml tag. It would be great as conditional text, i.e.. "IF x=y then DO 'this'" OTHERWISE APPLY 'this style'.

    If such option available in indesign, it would be a great help as we are doing frontend xml publishing.

    11 votes
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  8. Paragraph Borders: Inset vs Offset or "Keep Within Frame"

    LOVE that borders and shading are now built into paragraph styles; but, I would like to be able to create a paragraph border with an inset (instead of an offset), or something like the "keep in frame" option for paragraph rules. The result is a paragraph outline in line with the other paragraphs above and below it, but with an inset paragraph inside the border.

    10 votes
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  9. Paragraph Border Controls when Split across Columns or Frames

    There needs to be a control that "If paragraph breaks between columns or frames" restricts the paragraph border to: "baseline" , "cap-height" and perhaps a value offset for this. At the very least there needs to be the "clip to frame" option for paragraph border like there is for paragraph shading. However, the controls for baseline and cap-height would be ideal.

    94 votes
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  10. Allow set Style Override Highlighter as red stroke instead of blue background color so that it does not obscure style highlighting

    Style Override Highlighter's appearance (blue background) conflicts with the still existing feature of highlighting styles with different colors, in order to visually identify what parts of the text use what style, accessible via scripts such as Stylighter (http://www.indiscripts.com/post/2013/11/stylighter-1-4-for-indesign-cs4-cs5-cs6-cc).

    Being able to set it back to red stroke over text instead of a background color, as it was before the Style Override Highlighter button was officially added, would allow to see at the same time the style being used (by the color of the background) and whether it had overrides (by the presence of a red stroke). That was…

    4 votes
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  11. Style group support via xml import

    So far as I know, InDesign does not support style groups via xml import.

    Why is this usefull?
    If styles in a InDesign template organized into groups, we cannot refer with the attribute aid:pstyle and aid:cstyle to these styles and automatically apply these during xml import.

    20 votes
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  12. SimpleWideShort Stoke start/End

    A new start/End point for stokes being like the simplewide one, but being shorter, it's a needed feature when add technical measure to a illustration that was made out side of indesign. These technical drawing have some very small parts, and having a shorter simplewide point would be a great help, also changing scale is no help because I want the stroke width to remain the same.

    1 vote
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  13. Adobe InDesign CC 2018 - updated 20/11

    Where is the tabs manager..?

    My idea is this:
    RE INSERT NOW THE TABS MANAGER...!!!!!!!!

    1 vote
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  14. Using local alphabets in Numering Style Format (Paragraph Styles)

    We have only two character formats "A, B, C, D ..." and "a, b, c, d ..." except digital. But many of us work with texts in languages with other alphabets, which are also used as indexes of lists. It would be nice to have formats of local alphabets depending on the language chosen for the paragraph. For example, if the Russian language is selected for the paragraph, then in the list of character formats, except the Latin alphabet, there will be a Russian "А, Б, В, Г..."
    This property should not depend on whether the localized or English version…

    2 votes
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  15. Add cell width and heigth to table (or cell) styles

    Very often I use tables in multiple pages taht need to have the same dimensions. Being able to do that in Styles would be priceless.

    14 votes
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  16. GREP styles as stand-alone named styles

    I use GREP styles a lot, and they are very convenient! But I often have to use the same GREP styles in different paragraph styles. Sometimes they consist of rather complex long expressions, and their transfer to another publication becomes difficult and time-consuming. GREP styles should be placed in a separate list, similar to the other stylesheets, and each of them must have its own name, with which they can be included in the paragraph style.

    53 votes
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  17. Object Styles for Generated Captions

    It would be really helpful when generating captions to be able to assign an object style in addition to a paragraph style. (Even better if there were multiple caption styles to choose from...)

    13 votes
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  18. Easier crosschecking, resetting and copying throughout all styles

    We are working with at least ten different paragraph styles per document. If there are changes to be made in the CIs we have to check every single style: Opening up the Paragraph Style Options window, changing, closing, next style, reapeat... forgetting something and opening all windows again to check.
    -> How about a button in the Paragraph Style Options window to jump to the previous or next style in the list? (might be useful to every kind of Style Option window)

    In the Paragraph Style Options window there is a Reset to Base button only under General.
    -> I…

    2 votes
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  19. I'd like to see opacity in the options for Paragraph Shade

    Next to Tint I naturally looked for opacity, my thought was if I can change tint I can change opacity as well. Thanks.

    5 votes
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  20. Add lowercase, Title, and Toggle to Case in style definition options

    When defining a style, under Basic Character Formats, it would be very helpful to force lowercase! (And also add Title and Toggle case options so all case possibilities are present)

    This is especially needed when replacing acronyms (usually typed in all-caps in manuscripts) with the appropriate small caps. It is very time consuming to manually retype all-caps acronyms in lowercase, then apply small caps character styling to it!

    Try doing this for a 300-page book....you'll want to cut your eyes out.

    173 votes
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